For-Profit Colleges Continue to Receive Billions in Federal Aid Despite Being Sued by Everyone

What if your sub-par for-profit college doesn’t go bankrupt, and instead continues to pilfer billions of dollars in federal money and put you in debt despite being sued or investigated by prosecutors in your state?

Raising Kids to Trust People but Distrust Corporations

Credit Card Fraud, in Action

And so begins Andy Welch’s story about how some fraudsters convinced him to mail his bank card to them and also give them his pin number. The things you willingly hand over when you’re convinced you’re talking to a trusted authority on the phone.

The Old Expired Student ID Scam

WWYD: The Stranded Car

A family in a car is stranded in front of a convenience store, and asks you if they can borrow your cellphone.

The Kid on the Subway Train

On my home from the office last night, a kid, about 10 years old or so, got on my subway car and announced that he was selling packages of cookies for a dollar to raise money to buy school supplies.

I’ve heard this song and dance before, of course: A kid gets on the subway car and announces that he or she is selling M&Ms for his or her basketball team, or so that he or she can stay off the street and go to college. It’s an easy story to fall for if you haven’t already heard it a million times, which I have, and why I’ve come to train myself to ignore the announcement, burying my head into my book, or whatever I’m reading on my phone.

Fun Ways to Make Money Until You Get Caught: Art Forgery And/Or Theft

Another fun way to make money until you get caught.

People Taking Advantage of Other People

If it’s too good to be true, it is.

The Almost Free Cruise That Almost Was

Last night I got a phone call from an unknown phone number, and because I had 45 minutes before my friend’s storytelling show started, I picked up. An automated voice welcomed me to a political survey. I was about to hang up when the computerized man voice sweetened the deal: “If you answer our 30-second survey, you will receive a free two-night, three-day cruise to the Bahamas courtesy of Caribbean Cruise Lines.”

The Case of the Mystery Haircare Products

What a scam looks like, maybe.